Yume is another relatively new casual Japanese eatery on Brunswick St. I chose to eat there early in the evening before the recent state final of the Raw comedy competition. The menu includes a few dishes I have not seen on the menu at similar places and I was curious to see how it compared to Happy Kappa. I started with a deliciously smooth Kirin beer and looked out on the street through the open French doors near the front table.

yume2 dinner at Yume on Brunswick St

My entree of takoyaki (above) arrived promptly and was divine. Pieces of octopus are surrounded by balls of thick soft pancake like dough, fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside. I could have eaten 20 but that would be greedy. My tonkatsu ramen (below) was also satisfying, and the pork cutlet was tender and juicy. The soup base was subtly flavoured and doesn’t contain as many ingredients as you get in ramen at places like Ajisen Ramen on Bourke St in Melbourne, but I still emptied the bowl.

yume1 dinner at Yume on Brunswick St

I promised Aileen from Yume that I would try their food in a comment on a previous story, and I’m glad I did. Jesska also likes Yume and I think it’s a good addition to Brunswick St. To be fair I will also try Kazen and Akari further south on Brunswick St (I have already reviewed Cocoro and Peko Peko on the Fitzroy side of Smith St). Then I will be able to compare all the Japanese places in Fitzroy (have I forgotten any others?).

yume3 dinner at Yume on Brunswick St

dinner at Yume on Brunswick St

3 thoughts on “dinner at Yume on Brunswick St

  • 5 April 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I’ve been back to Yume a few times since I first tried it, and always end up ordering the Tofu Don – great vegetarian fare!

  • 30 May 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Awfull food – suprised cafe its lasted so long. Tofu don is simply a slab of tofu deep fried on rice and topped with (id say) a bottled teriyaki sauce.

    Anyone liking this place does not know japanese food. Go to Kappayi, even CIBI or Horoki in CBD and see what good japanese food is!!!!

    Its ok to be non japanese and own a japanese cafe, but im so sick n tired of non asians opening a cafe and not really understanding what japanese food is all about.

  • 7 August 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I love the takoyaki at Yume (the other food is not too shabby either!).
    Good and fast service.


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